Exclusive interview for hellfest.fr: PARADISE LOST [Aaron Aedy (guitar)]
“Music should excite you. If it’s not exciting you – stop!” – Aaron Aedy (guitar) – Sunday 19 June 2016
How the hell are you?
I am sprightly!
Sprightly? That’s a good word!
I’m looking forward to playing!
How’s the Hellfest experience so far?
We’ve only been here a few hours. We played Graspop yesterday and that was fantastic. I’m a little miffed we’re clashing with Sabbath because I would have loved to see them myself – just as a fan. I’m looking forward to it though!
You guys have been killing it lately… How does it feel to be at this kind of peak so many years in?
After 28 years we are lucky! The fact that so many albums down the line people still like us is humbling. None of us are young men anymore but we still have the same passion we did when we were teenagers. Even when we were recording the new album we were excited like kids. We still felt like teenagers The new album came together really well. Our producer really meshed with our vision so it all turned out really well.
What was that vision?
We wanted to record in a much simpler more traditional way. We didn’t use any digital effects really and used real drums. We wanted it to be how we recorded twenty years ago. We still used Pro Tools but we treated it like a tape machine.
Why did you feel the need to go back to your roots like that?
Early on when we recorded what went on the record was what we heard in the studio. These days a lot of the time producers take what you did and then go and re-amp them on their own. The sounds they get are good but it’s not exactly what we wanted. This time we made sure we had the sound we wanted. There were less things to play with less things to screw up! It’s rock and roll – keep it simple!
One of my very good friends is a huge Paradise Lost fan and he’s all about that new wave album you did – that album was always weird for me – how do you reconcile that side of Paradise Lost?
It was something we needed to do at the time. Around that period we had been on the road for four years doing twin guitar stuff and being on tour plying shows so we had to do something very different. We didn’t want to do another Draconian Times. We never do something because it’s successful – it’s what was the right thing to do. We needed to throw a curveball otherwise we would have gotten bored and split up. When you go so far out of orbit and then come back you find what you loved at the start of it. Sometimes you need to spread your wings to be reminded what made you passionate about it in the first place. When you get a little bit older you listen to the music you liked as a teenager again. Most of the CD’s I’ve been buying lately have been remasters of the albums I liked as a teenager. We rediscovered where we came from and that was reflected in what we are doing.
What about your teenage music taste resonates with you today?
I’m so excited to see King Diamond on Tuesday night. I get to see it in a club near my home. I’m excited like a kid. When I was 17 I remember buying Abigail and reading the lyrics on the bus. He’s one of my favorite singers ever. I love those albums. Same with a band like Candlemass – they are half the reason we are here! Things like that get me excited. I saw The Skull at Roadburn and I was like a little kid!
As I get older I have a harder time maintaining that inner fifteen year old. How do you do that?
There comes a point where you start branching out. That happened early for me because there wasn’t that many types of metal when I was a kid. There wasn’t too much to dig into. Its branched out into so many things .It was simpler when I was a kid there were fewer bands! It’s good that there are so many bands taking things in different directions but it’s hard for people to take it all in. What’s cool with internet is going down a rabbit hole of bands. You couldn’t do that when I was a kid unless you had a cool record store – which we did. We had a cool guy there who managed to get me into Trouble. So I bought the American import and it was fucking amazing.
That’s really admirable in a lot of ways!
I think the older you get you appreciate a lot of things a lot more. We feel completely humbled that we still get to do this for people. We are fans of music as well. Like I said – I’m so excited about King Diamond doing Abigail. I still can’t believe it’s happening! Music should excite you. If it’s not exciting you – stop!
What do you love so much about it?
It stirs us all. I love all sorts of music and different types of music suit different moods. I like all sorts of music but there’s times when I just want to listen to a guy listening to a miserable song over an acoustic guitar while I’m reading a book. Sometimes I want to listen to Kraftwerk – other times I want Iron Maiden. The beauty of it is that it’s such a broad scope. That’s what it should be. I feel sorry for the people who get blinkered about it. I’m mainly a metal fan – I’ve been a metal fan since I saw Number OF The Beast on Top of the Pops in March 1982. That’s the core of who I am. I fell into other things around that. Even people who aren’t he music fans have stuff they like to put on. Everyone is excited about music just in different ways. If I wasn’t excited I wouldn’t keep doing it. If we got to a point where we weren’t enjoying it I would just stop. We got together to make music we loved. With the new record it’s awesome because we enjoyed it. We did a bunch of exciting stuff and it sounded a lot meatier live! It gave us something different to do. IT was good for us to go away and come back .If you keep doing the same thing you get in a rut. We rediscovered what we absolutely love about it. If we don’t like it we’ll stop. I’ve known the guys since I was 11-12 we were friends before we were in a band. We are friends first who are also music lovers. We all love bits of different stuff. Friendship is the core of it.
Do you have any final words of wisdom for me?
That’s a hard one! Different people need different things but – manners cost nothing. Treat other people the way you would like to be treated and always try to have a smile on your face.
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